A K.P.M. group of four to Chief Inspector E.Lancaster, Birmingham City Police, late Imperial Yeomanry Hospital Staff and St.John's Ambulance Brigade,
Lot 184
A K.P.M. group of four to Chief Inspector E.Lancaster, Birmingham City Police, late Imperial Yeomanry Hospital Staff and St.John's Ambulance Brigade,
Sold for £1,380 (US$ 2,255) inc. premium

Lot Details
A K.P.M. group of four to Chief Inspector E.Lancaster, Birmingham City Police, late Imperial Yeomanry Hospital Staff and St.John's Ambulance Brigade,
King's Police Medal, G.V.R. (Ch. Inspr. Ernest Lancaster. Birmingham City Police.); Queen's South Africa 1899-1902, two bars, Cape Colony, S.A.01 (Corpl:E.Lancaster. I.Y.HP. Staff.); Jubilee 1935; St.John Ambulance Brigade Medal for South Africa (380. Pte E.Lancaster Birmingham Corps). With a Birmingham Boer War Tribute Medal. Very fine or better. (5)

Footnotes

  • K.P.M. London Gazette 30.1.1937.

    He joined this Force as a Constable on 23rd January 1896, and thus has over 40 years' service. He was promoted Sergeant on 23rd December 1908; Inspector on 3rd July 1916 and Chief Inspector on 1st May 1920. He has thus been a Chief Inspector for 16 1/2 years, serving during the whole of this period as second in command of the D.Division (authorised strength 286) of this Force.
    During this service he has earned many rewards and compliments for the performance of his duties, including five for detection of criminals, four for courageous conduct( including rescue from burning buildings, arrest in face of a hostile crowd, and stopping runaway horses), and one for first aid. He was also awarded two Stripes of Merit. He served with an ambulance unit in the South African War (1900) and holds the Queen's South African War Medal. He also holds the King's Jubilee Medal 1935. He has thus an extraordinarily good record of service.
    He will be 61 on 19th November 1936 and though over 60 his service has been extended until 19th November 1937. The Watch Committee paying tribute to his services as a police officer. He is a man of fine physique and appearance and still retains his zeal and nergy in the dischage of his duties. His devotion to duty is indicated by the fact that he is rarely seen out of uniform.
    His character, public and private, is exemplary. His life and conduct have been an example to the younger men of the Force by whom he is held in great respect. Years ago, at the time whe he ought to have been promoted Superintendent, he was passed over, in favour of other men, for reasons of which I am not aware, but which I am satisfied had nothing to do with his character as a man and a police officer. It is now too late to consider hi (The recommendation copy ends here).

    Sold with a copy photograph of him on his way to Buckingham Palace to collect his medal, and assorted copied research.
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